Star are new champions

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Dalbeattie Star are the South of Scotland League Champions for the first time in 23 years having last won the league title back in season 1988/89.

Star won the championship by virtue of a 1-1 draw against Stewartry rivals and last season’s winners Threave Rovers at Meadow Park on Saturday.

The home side took the lead after only four minutes with a header from Andrew Donely as he hit his 51st goal of the season to take a slender lead into the break. However, the visitors squared the match through prolific goalscorer Scott Milligan in the second half, taking his total to 62 for the season.

There were no more goals and the teams shared the points but that was enough for undefeated Star to wrest the league title away from Meadow Park. Crichton are the only other club to have achieved that once in the past six seasons.

Threave have now completed their league matches and sit a point behind their rivals, which makes Star’s final league match on Monday night against Newton Stewart irrelevant in title terms but highly significant in completing their league season undefeated. The Dalbeattie side will also be keen to avenge their recent Tweedie Cup semi-final defeat from the Creesiders, which should make this quite an intriguing contest as they are presented with the league trophy.

Crichton finished the season on a high by defeating bottom placed Creetown 4-2 at Castle Cary Park, with Chris Mellon and Nathan Thomson finding the net for the bottom placed home side.

Goals from John Morrison in the first half and one each for Calum Dunn and Stevie Beggs in the second was enough for Newton Stewart to see off the challenge of Nithsdale Wanderers, who finished with 10 players after substitute Rodney Patterson had been red-carded in the second period of play.

The match due to be played at Maryfield between high flying Heston Rovers and Stranraer was postponed, while third placed St Cuthbert Wanderers beat Wigtown and Bladnoch 5-2 at Trammondford Park as the home side completed their season, finishing in an unusual 11th position in the table. Saints’ goals were scored by Raymond Gordon, Richard Davis and Ben Irvine, with a double from Stuart Cluckie. Nigel Marshall and Scott Forrester countered for the home side.

Results from Saturday, May 12

South of Scotland League

Creetown 2, Crichton 4

Heston Rovers v Stranraer, match postponed

Newton Stewart 3, Nithsdale Wanderers 0

Threave Rovers 1, Dalbeattie Star 1

Wigtown and Bladnoch 2, St Cuthbert Wanderers 5